On Thursday morning, an Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17 helicopter reportedly crashed at the Rochham helipad in Anjaw district.
The chopper was carrying out a ration sortie from Hayuliang to Rochham when the tragedy occurred at around 9:25 a.m., according to sources in Hayuliang.
According to reports, the whole crew on board is safe.
During the crash-landing, however, an engineer suffered a slight injury, reports state.
Reports also stated there were five crew members onboard, including the helicopter’s pilots, Squadron Leader Reddy and Kartik Patni.
During the crash landing, the helicopter’s tail rotor was reportedly damaged.
Rochham ITBP troops raced to the scene to conduct a rescue effort.
According to the sources, an official investigation has been ordered.
ASSAM: 200 fresh COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths reported
A National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin said, new COVID-19 cases in Assam decreased by 50 on Thursday, November 18, against the previous day pushing the total caseload in the state to 6,14,863.
Overall, 200 new infections of the COVID-19 disease were detected out of 37,525 tests, less than 49,048 clinical examinations conducted on Wednesday, November 17.
The bulletin mentioned that the day’s positivity rate marginally shot up to 0.53 per cent from 0.50 per cent on the previous day, .
Furthermore, according to the bulletin, presently, there are 1,795 active COVID-19 cases in the state against 1,874 on Wednesday.
EastMojo reports have said that as many as 248 cured patients were discharged from different hospitals during the day, lower than 278 on Wednesday, taking the number of recovered people to 6,05,656.
The current recovery rate of coronavirus patients is 98.50 per cent.
The cumulative beneficiaries receiving the vaccine in Assam, so far have reached 3,10,57,650, with 1,03,89,477 fully vaccinated with both doses.
MANIPUR: Central Goverment Approves to build World-Class Polo Ground
On Friday, the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has sanctioned the development of a state-of-the-art polo ground in Imphal East district, according to Manipur Tourism Director W Ibohal.
According to Ibohal, the state government has already identified a 23-acre plot of land for the world-class polo ground, and development will start once official approval is granted.
He added, “the various initiatives undertaken by the state government to transform the region into a renowned tourist destination, such as – construction of eco-tourist lodge construction, cafeteria, multipurpose hall, view towers and other public utilities.”
MEGHALAYA: CM Sangma announces Inauguration of the Meghalaya Digital Dispensary at Tura
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma, a seemingly active participant on the bird-app, took to the platform to announce that he has successfully inaugurated the Meghalaya Digital Dispensary in the West Garo Hills district of the state.
With a few images posted, he wrote, as dated on November 19, “Inaugurated the Meghalaya Digital Dispensary at Tura to be managed and run by HospitalsApollo. The digital dispensary is part of State Government’s Smart Town Project. The project is a pay-per-use model with subsidised rates charged from patients.”
The ‘speciality services’ of the Dispensary shall be, ‘general medicine, orthopaedics obstetrics and gynaecology (OB-GYN or OB/GYN), gastroenterology, cardiology, dermatology, pediatrics, psychiatric counseling, etc.’ as displayed on a board in the Apollo Telehealth Center.
MIZORAM: Assam Rifles conduct awareness march “Healthy Mind and Body” in Mizoram against alcohol abuse and consumption
At Serchhip town, the Serchhip battalion of HQ 23 Sector Assam Rifles held an awareness march against alcohol consumption and abuse under the supervision of HQ Inspector General Assam Rifles (East).
On November 18, an awareness march was held with the theme of promoting a “Healthy Mind and Body.”
The aim of the initiative was to raise public awareness about the dangers of alcohol and its consumption, particularly among youth.
According to an Assam Rifles statement, the event was led by the battalion’s medical officer, who addressed the public about the dangers of drinking alcohol while also attempting to free people from this dangerous addiction and combat disinformation in the local language.
He emphasised that alcohol misuse is a big concern that can lead to poverty in families.
The Assam Rifles’ Serchhip battalion is using all available means to ensure a safe and healthy environment in its area of responsibility, according to the statement.
In another statement, the Assam Rifles claimed that on November 18, the Lunglei battalion of HQ 23 Sector Assam Rifles gave a lecture on anti-malaria awareness at Zochachhua village in Mizoram.
A total of 16 civilians attended the lecture.
The purpose of the lecture was to raise awareness about malaria prevention and treatment among the local inhabitants.
The Assam Rifles’ efforts to raise anti-malaria awareness were praised by the populace.
NAGALAND: State Civil Aviation Minister Meets Union Aviation Minister Scindia to discuss Ciethu Greenfield Airport issue
P Paiwang Konyak, Nagaland’s minister of transportation, civil aviation, and land resources, met Union aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday to discuss the Ciethu Greenfield Airport. Kohima is 20 kilometres away from Ciethu Greenfield Airport.
Konyak tweeted, “Had a fruitful discussion with my Union Minister on Kohima Nagaland Ciethu Greenfield Airport, Water Aerodrome/ Sea Plane at Doyang Reservoir through RCS ( UDAN) & Small Airstrip.”
He stated, the two also had a discussion regarding the water aerodrome project at Doyang water reservoir.
SIKKIM: Darap School to represent state at National Folk Dance Competition, Tadong School at National Role Play Competition
SCERT’s Population Education Cell held a state-level theme-based role play and folk dance competition on Wednesday, according to a press release.
SCERT director Dr. Rabin Chhetri, joint directors, faculty members, and HoIs of SCERT, principals of DIET, trainees of DIET Gangtok, students and teachers from participating schools from four districts attended the programme, which was headed by Education Secretary Anil Raj Rai.
The competition drew a total of 12 schools from the district level competition in the aforementioned two categories, according to the press release.
The format of the show was slightly altered, with virtual screenings of theme-based folk dance and role play followed by one-on-one contact between the judges and the contestants. Some of the issues that were highlighted through role plays and folk dances included substance misuse, safe use of electronics and the internet, women empowerment, respect for elders, and environmental conservation.
In the role play competition, Tadong senior secondary school, Passingdong SS, and Central Pendam’s Tika Lal Niroula SSS took first, second, and third place, respectively, while in the folk dance category, Darap SSS, Deythang SS, and Yuksom SSS took first, second, and third place, respectively. The schools that placed first in each category in the state competition will represent the state at the national level.
Dr. Kuljan Lama, medical officer, School Health, Health department; Mingma Tshering Lepcha, artist, Culture department; and Anu Pradhan, artist and choreographer were the judges for the competition.
Prakash Rai, peon of SCERT’s NPE Cell, was also honoured for his service to the department, as was Dr. Kuljan Lama, for his contributions to numerous Adolescence Education programmes and activities.
Dr. Shanti Ram Adhikari gave a brief account of Prakash Rai’s contributions to the Population Education Cell since his appointment in 1984.
According to the release, the chief guest commended the participating teams and advised the participants and coordinators to work on improving the quality by tying it to the themes presented.
TRIPURA: Prohibitory Order issued after BJP-Trinamool Clash in Tripura; 19 injured
At least 19 people were injured when supporters of the BJP and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) clashed in Teliamura, Tripura’s Khowai district. Prohibitory orders were imposed in the area under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
Two police officers were also hurt in the incident days before the state’s civic body elections, forcing the government to issue prohibitory orders in Teliamura Municipal Council wards 13, 14, and 15, they added.
Teliamura Sub Divisional Magistrate Md Sajjad P issued an order today imposing section 144 on the Teliamura Municipal Council’s 13, 14, and 15 ward areas starting 19 November to ensure peace, law, and order.
The order will be in effect until November 24, according to a statement released late Thursday.
Trouble began around 9.30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Kalitila area, when Trinamool workers staged a protest near a BJP office, according to Assistant Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Subrata Chakraborty.
He claimed that supporters from both parties came face to face, resulting in an incident.
“At the same time, TMC workers attacked BJP supporters, who retaliated,” he continued.
Mr Chakraborty said police sought to appease both sides but had to resort to “moderate force” using tear gas shells to maintain order.
The clash injured a total of 19 people, including two police officers, he added.
At the Teliamura police station, three cases were filed in connection with the event.
The father of Trinamool worker Anirban Sarkar, who was admitted to a hospital with injuries, filed two cases, according to police.
According to the police, a separate case was filed with allegations of attempted murder, voluntarily causing grave injury and unlawful assembly.
Sources by authorities state, five people were arrested, including Sarkar.
Four of them were arrested and sent to court, where they were held in judicial detention until November 30. Sarkar was unable to appear in court because he was hospitalised.
Sushmita Dev, a senior TMC leader, claimed that despite Supreme Court orders to ensure free and fair elections on November 25, her party’s candidates and activists are being targeted.
Nabendu Bhattacharya, a BJP spokeswoman, denied the charges, saying that members of his party have never harmed a TMC worker because they are not a political opponent in the state.
“They lack an organisational base in India and do not pose a political threat to the BJP. We don’t believe in a culture of violence either,” he stated.
On November 25, civic body elections will be conducted. The ruling BJP has won seven of the state’s 20 civic boards without opposition.